Linked below is a great read on new Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley. Beyond his reputation as an offensive mastermind, I knew little about Riley when he was tabbed as the next coach at OU following Bob Stoops abrupt retirement in early June, but have been really impressed with everything I’ve read since. Great stuff in here on what Riley views as the biggest challenge in becoming the head coach, the importance of spending time with players, the question he asks in every team meeting and what honesty means to him.
But there’s more to it. For all he can do with a playbook and a chalkboard, there’s something else about Riley that gives Stoops and so many other people so much confidence in him. There’s another concept in his masterful grasp, something bigger than the game on the receiving end of his re-engineering. ECU athletic director Jeff Compher glimpsed it briefly in Greenville, North Carolina, and then again at the college football awards banquet after last season ended, when he saw Riley and Jones hug and tell each other how much they loved each other. Compher says, “I was just so impressed by how much Lincoln seemed to care.”
R. McNeill on Lincoln Riley (Okla HC): “Coaching is about concepts & he’s great at having an answer. ‘OK, they're doing this-we'll do this"
— Zak Boisvert (@ZakBoisvert) September 7, 2017